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I am a PhD student in Islamic and Arabic Studies in Münster, Germany, working on practices of evidence and strategies of verification of prophetic descent in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century North Africa. In particular, I am examining texts on a particular descent community claiming prophetic descent: the descendants of ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Jilānī, from a translocal perspective.

Also: I am excited to see something growing here that I didn't think was possible a few months ago. Glad to be here with you all!

fyi: I have enabled automatic deletion of posts after one month.

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Please check out #Tropy if you're doing any kind of primary source research. It's an incredible tool:

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It's been a while since I looked at it, but I believe that Recogito could handle mark-up of toponyms and personal names on a manuscript with or without a transcription.

Beginner question: I have a PDF of an Arabic manuscript I am working with intensively. I would like to go through the pages myself and annotate personal names, works, and specific parts of the text. As far as I know, we are not yet able to transcribe the Arabic via HTR, nor is a full transcription necessary for my purposes. So, I have to work with the manuscript images in PDF format.

I can manually drag little boxes on PDFs and annotate them, but nothing else can be done with them after that. However, I would like to analyze my annotations afterward: I would like to know on which page, in which thematic sections, certain persons, works, and parts of the text occur, which ones appear particularly frequently and in connection with others, etc. Which tool should I look at? Any tips?


"Please stop what you are doing and contact support!" 🤭

I promise it's not me ...

Working on my research proposal today and it's going well so far. Using the helpful questions in "Where Research begins" - although sometimes a bit too rambling if you want to work through it quickly.

Do you keep track of your keywords and searches, for example? I never did, but it's so important, isn't it?

@phdstudents @phdlife

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Conference: "The Qurʾān and Syriac Christianity: Recurring Themes and Motifs"

#Tübinguen #Quran #Syriac

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THANK YOU. You helped us raise $1000 during yesterday’s campaign! We can’t wait to put these funds to work in making a viable alternative to for-profit, extractive social media platforms.

I must confess that one of my newfound daily pleasures here on Mastodon is looking at old illustrations of animals, plants, and photos of ferns.

@biodiversitypix @pomological

I may one day start a project on nature description and observation in premodern Islamicate societies. Something that would have seemed rather boring to me in the past. But today: what could be better than spending the whole day doing exactly this?

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It's good to see you today! I hope you remember that even if things are a bit unclear at the moment, moments pass and this one will too. I have faith that you'll figure it out! The biggest and best ideas always come after a period of confusion, so this is actually a good sign. May you have a good rest of your day!

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We’re invested in a future where communities build the product, instead of being the product. If you are in a position to contribute to our campaign, we would be hugely grateful for your support!

Are you also still looking for academics in or or related fields? Then I can recommend you to go through the follow list of @omarcheta. There I discovered some people I hadn't found until now.

And also the list of @floris, on which unfortunately only a few from our subject are included so far.

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Since they don't have a presence on Mastodon yet, I want to promote al-`Usur al-Wusta, the open access journal of Middle East Medievalists. ( Today, they published a new article by Rachel Schine, "Translating Race in the Islamic Studies Classroom", which discusses approaches to race in pre-modern Arabic texts and their use in the classroom ( Check it out (and everything else UW has published).

Planning the next month ... and the next month-s. Sometimes laughing at myself with a slight touch of despair. And madness.

Also been procrastinating a bit today and made myself these pretty printables modeled after the Business Planner. Interested? I will gladly make them available (in German).

@academicchatter @phdlife @phdstudents

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Maintaining infrastructure is like ducks on water: unseen, rapid, paddling. This , we’re asking for donations to continue investing time and resources in growing Donate at

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Heute erscheint unser #Comic "Hamburg 1686", gezeichnet von Till Lenecke nach der Geschichte von "Hidden #Hamburg", die es auch als kostenlose App und Buch gibt.

Spiegel Online nannte es "App in die Vergangenheit":

Verlagsbestellung hier:

Der Erscheinungstermin (25.11.2022) ist, en passant, der letzte Tag des europäischen Projekts "Hidden Cities":

Boost welcome! #DigitalPublicHistory #PublicHistory #UrbanHistory

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that changed the way I think about the world and my work (even in small ways):

1. A Guide to Documentary Editing by Holbrook and Perdue

2. Agile Web Development with Rails by Thomas and DHH

3. Deciphering Aztec Hieroglyphs:
A Guide to Nahuatl Writing by Gordon Whitaker

4. Principles of Akkadian Textual Criticism by Martin Worthington

5. Libraries in the Ancient World
by Lionel Casson

6. The Material Fall of Roman Britain by Robin Fleming

7. The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining by Spoelman and Haskell

I may expand on how they changed my thinking (and whether I'd recommend them) in separate posts.

“In Compliance with the Old Register”: on Ottoman Documentary Depositories and Archival Consciousness

"The article examines multiple approaches to archived documents and documentary depositories in the Ottoman Empire. By exploring a range of views that reflect a sense of archival consciousness among different groups and individuals throughout the Ottoman lands, the essay seeks to better contextualize the Ottoman quite successful attempts to regulate the imperial paper trail and to promote a specific view of the archive. More generally, by tracing the emergence of a particular form of archival consciousness among members of the imperial administrative and judicial elites as well as Ottoman subjects, the article intends to offer a framework for a comparative study of the archival practices throughout the eastern Islamic lands."

When I looked in here in April, it was possible to follow tweets by certain individuals right here on Mastodon. Probably via some sort of mirroring function. That was very helpful to me for a handful of accounts that provide me with valuable information.

Seems that this was done away with and is no longer possible. Can't find anything on Google about it anymore either, the search results are flooded with Mastodon guides. Can someone enlighten me?

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Victor Margolin’s zettelkasten process for note taking and writing

It's not as refined or as compartmentalized as Niklas Luhmann's process, but art historian Victor Margolin broadly outlines his note taking and writing process in reasonable detail in this excellent three minute video. (This may be one of the shortest and best produced encapsulations of these reading/note taking/writi

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